Château Smith Haut Lafitte Graves Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

9.354 ratings on Delectable
$159

One can't say enough about the accomplishments the Cathiards have achieved at this property since 1990. Prior to their purchase of the property, appallingly diluted, vegetal, fruitless, charmless wines were produced, but they have turned Smith-Haut-Lafitte into a showcase Pessac-Leognan. The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005's extraordinary nose reeks of charcoal, incense, scorched earth, abundant blackberry, blueberry, and cherry fruit, toast, and spice. Good acidity, huge but sweet tannin, and fabulous precision as well as definition characterize this full-bodied, super-concentrated effort. It should prove to be among the longest-lived wines yet made by the Cathiards... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Richard Jennings Delectable Pro

This was singing tonight, floral and complex on nose and palate. Should go 20 years yet.

This was singing tonight, floral and complex on nose and palate. Should go 20 years yet.

9.9

Sean Trapani Delectable Pro

Founder/Educator Wine Fluent, Consultant ABC Fine Wines & Spirits

Black fruits, almost plum, on the nose. Aromas of a perfumed shoulder, a pretty barnyard girl who works hard but always manages to smell beguiling. Thinner on the palate than I hoped, but a delight.

Black fruits, almost plum, on the nose. Aromas of a perfumed shoulder, a pretty barnyard girl who works hard but always manages to smell beguiling. Thinner on the palate than I hoped, but a delight.

8.9

Rachel Black Delectable Pro

Accidently opened but a nice surprise. Still very young. Stewed fruits, leather and tobacco.

Accidently opened but a nice surprise. Still very young. Stewed fruits, leather and tobacco.

8.9

Pooneet Kant

Nice but needs a bit more time. Oak pretty unintegrated. This wine highlights the difference between proper temperature and not - this was an order of magnitude better at 60 than 70 degrees.

Nice but needs a bit more time. Oak pretty unintegrated. This wine highlights the difference between proper temperature and not - this was an order of magnitude better at 60 than 70 degrees.

9.0

Pancy2

2005,(Pessac-Leognan),m+ intensity,chocolate,black currant,blueberry,spice,m+ acidity, m+ tannin, m+body,m+alcohol (13.5%), long finish (hk 950)

2005,(Pessac-Leognan),m+ intensity,chocolate,black currant,blueberry,spice,m+ acidity, m+ tannin, m+body,m+alcohol (13.5%), long finish (hk 950)

8.9

Sylvain Rhainds

2005

2005

9.1

Jeffrey Long

Beginning of a great vertical of 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013 for dinner at SHL.

Beginning of a great vertical of 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013 for dinner at SHL.

9.3

John Zuzek

Still very youthful. Can go another 25 years without any problem. Beautiful structure and tannins. Floral notes lead to stewed plums and other fruits. The palate is smooth and, well, sexy. Boysenberry compote, blackberries, licorice, and some leather notes. Superb wine.

Still very youthful. Can go another 25 years without any problem. Beautiful structure and tannins. Floral notes lead to stewed plums and other fruits. The palate is smooth and, well, sexy. Boysenberry compote, blackberries, licorice, and some leather notes. Superb wine.

9.5

John Van Trijp

Soooo smooth n sexy. Outstanding!

Soooo smooth n sexy. Outstanding!

9.7

Brax Z

Holy sh*t. I wish I bought the magnum.

Holy sh*t. I wish I bought the magnum.

9.8